Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler {Spring & Playground Photography} UPDATED

Hi my friends! πŸ™‚

Spring is coming! The daffodils and the Narcissus Hybrids Erlicheer are everywhere now. That took us a long time to figure out the name of the white flowers! πŸ˜€

Today we scootered (is that a word?) to the playground and had a little BBQ. We also brought our Science books and played Guardian of The Keys and Giants Treasure.

I was being a little silly and I told my Mom that if I went into the middle of the bare winter mulberry tree and kissed the trunk, it would blossom and I’d stuff myself with berries. So I did that and bet my Mom $5 that when we came back from the playground I would have enough berries to pick I wouldn’t have to have dinner.

Obviously it bloomed and I ate the berries. In my mind. I didn’t lose $5 after all. Even if I wasn’t supposed to anyway. There were berries on the tree! I promise! in my mind. Shhh! Don’t tell my Mom. She might give me $5!!

There were a lot of Daffodils on the walk to the playground.




My brother cooking the sausages on the playground BBQ. I can smell them from here!



I also took some pictures of a magpie in the blossoms and on the grass.

“Is it raining??”

MAGPIE BOKEH in the blossoming plum trees.

“WAH! What’s that??”
“Peck peck!”


Taking a pic of moi shadow.


My brother trying to be a circle for me for BIBPC (Boring Into Beautiful Photography Contest, hosted by Megan). XD As you can tell, it’s not working. Thanks, though, bro! ❀



Blossoms on the tree. Can’t wait till they turn into fruit!


Kinda blurry. :/


Eh. The lighting isn’t very good!


I love the above one! ❀




So pretty! It was a lovely day today. A nice day after a week’s worth of raining. I love the blue sky in-between the branches.

*sings* Mr. Blue Sky! Please tell us why, you had to hide away for so long (sooooo looong!)


Hanging dangerously close to dropping my camera; I take my shadows’ portrait… πŸ˜› ok not really




Circles. But not for BIBPC! πŸ˜‰


Monkey bars.


Close up on the monkeys.


The other monkey bars.


More circles, but still not for BIBPC. You’re probably thinking, “If she’s not entering these ones in, then the ones she is entering is probably really good.” Well, sorry. You might get your hopes dashed cruelly.


More of the evil playground things that make your hands red and make you look like you’re falling when you flail your feet around to get to the next bar.

After I took half of these photos before we had sausages. YUM.

After that, we played Giants Treasure and Guardian of The Keys. Giants Treasure I am terrified of grabbing the treasure and running away. And terrified of being the giant and having my precious treasure stolen. Are you like that?

Then my brother and I had a running race across the grass. I won. πŸ˜‰

The moment you’ve all been waiting for. My BIBPC #5 photo. Megan, I’m on Team Watermelon. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for hosting this contest!

The story behind the photo:

I had a lot of photos that were circles, such as the monkey bars and the bolts on the wobbly bridge. I decided to take a picture of the water spurting out of the drinking fountain. When I took the picture, it turned out they looked like circles! It took me a while to get an OK photo of it though. I thought this was a little more unique than the monkey bars, so… πŸ™‚


It’s a little blurry, but they are pretty fast, right? And also, the bolts are circles as well. πŸ˜‰

Thank you so much for reading guys, and I have reached 73 followers, so a sincere THANK YOU SO MUCH! ❀ If you haven’t already, please take MY SURVEY, so I can give you better posts. I’m going to try and reach 100 by October.

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Dreamlander by K.M Weiland {Review}

Title: Dreamlander

Series (if applicable): None

Era (if applicable): None specified, the ‘other world’ is fantasy.

Author: K.M Weiland

Setting (if applicable): Chicago, Lael (fantasy world)

Genre: Portal Fantasy

Content: (CONTAINS SPOILERS) Harrison is shot, no details except mentions of the blood. A little girl is shot in the head, no details. Chris is shot in the shoulder, some details. Battle scenes, semi details. Mentions of characters being killed and killing. Chris is lying down twice with no clothes on. No details.

The book is quite scary sometimes. There is talk about drunkards. No swearing, but the characters say ‘stupid’ and ‘idiot’, some ‘shut ups’ as well. I’m not fussed about that, but I know some people will. There is also one d**ned in the book, as well as some ‘bloody’s’ it mentions that some of the characters swore, but that’s all. There are also phrases like, “How the devil should I know?” A character sort of returns from the dead. Chris and Allara kiss (EEP! πŸ˜€ ). There is a little romance like when Chris was thinking about how he is falling in love with Allara.

If you can handle some violence and killing, then you’re fine.

Age-range: 13+

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Source: Amazon Kindle

What if it were possible to live two very different lives in two separate worlds? What if the dreams we awaken from are the fading memories of that second life? What if one day we woke up in the wrong world?

In this fantasy thriller, a woman on a black warhorse gallops through the mist in Chris Redston’s dreams every night. Every night, she begs him not to come to her. Every night, she aims her rifle at his head and fires. The last Chris expectsβ€”or wantsβ€”is for this nightmare to be real. But when he wakes up in the world of his dreams, he has to choose between the likelihood that he’s gone spectacularly bonkers or the possibility that he’s just been let in on the secret of the ages.

Only one person in a generation may cross the worlds. These chosen few are the Gifted, called from Earth into Lael to shape the epochs of historyβ€”and Chris is one of them. But before he figures that out, he accidentally endangers both worlds by resurrecting a vengeful prince intent on claiming the powers of the Gifted for himself. Together with a suspicious princess and a guilt-ridden Cherazii warrior, Chris must hurl himself into an action adventure battle to save a country from war, two worlds from annihilation, and himself from a dream come way too true.


This is probably the best book I’ve read in a long time. It was quite long, but the read was worth it. The beginning was gripping, but it took me a while to get into the rest of the book. The end was absolutely thrilling, though. I nearly cried! I mean, poor Allara! No more hints. πŸ˜›

When Chris got to the other world, the was a small battle and then after that there wasn’t much action for a while. I want you guys to read this book though, so I’m going to try and be as positive as possible. πŸ˜‰

Chris Redston is trying run from his life. When he was twelve his younger sister and Mom were killed in a car wreck, and after that, his Father turns a drunkard and Chris continually has to bail him out of jail. When he makes a mistake when he first sets foot in Lael, he tried to make things right.

And Brooke, she is just crazy, and boy is she a handful. She’s also a little immature; the way she pouts and all. πŸ˜›

This book has a lot of moral and lots of deep meaningful quotes that I absolutely loved.

Characters 5/5

The characters were amazing. From the very beginning I was hooked with them. I believe characters make up a huge part of the story, and the author did a fantastic job of it. The dialogue was realistic, and so were the characters. Mike was awesome from the beginning. Chris, I was so mad at him at first cause he was so gullible. I don’t blame him that much though because he did think everything was a dream.

I loved Allara a lot. She’s hiding behind a mask of fear and doesn’t want to fall for Chris. She’s hurting, and her own people are turning against her and blaming her for the faults of someone else.

Pitch was my favorite character. He was so innocent and forgiving, funny and so loyal. Apparently the Rievers (that’s what Pitch is) like to name call in the midst of battle. πŸ˜‰

Orias is a guilt ridden Cherazii. I really liked him, but sometimes I didn’t. I didn’t understand though; are the Cherazii so merciless that they won’t forgive Orias Tarn because he tried to save them by betraying Chris? The Cherazii don’t like Chris anyway… I felt like Orias didn’t do anything very wrong. He should be able to protect his people and not only the Gifted (Chris Redston).

Quinnon is Allara’s body guard and her sworn protector. He is very hard to impress. I liked him, but sometimes I didn’t. The characters felt so real, and they were definitely one of my favorite parts of the book. Ooh and Eroll was a good character. He’s followed Allara his whole life; never led her. He is the first friend Chris makes, when Chris doesn’t deserve one. He’s pretty funny as well. πŸ˜€

I kind of hated the Laeler’s… and the Cherazii’s and Crofton Steadman’s people, who I forgot what they’re called. πŸ˜‰

Plot 5/5

I was pretty impressed by the plot. There are so many books about characters crossing into a different world, but the way K.M Weiland put it was unique and different.

The end was crazy. I wasn’t expecting that. It was a good end, but a little sad. I don’t want to give you spoilers though.

All my questions were answered at the end. The end was also very nicely resolved, although I’m sad for Allara.

Writing 4.5/5

I loved all the metaphors in the book, and there were so many quotes worthy of my highlighting. They were amazing. Sometimes there were a bit too many metaphors. Within battle, there were metaphors, which sometimes made it hard to picture the setting of the battle. The action was well written though.

The writing was fantastic. I would have liked a simpler writing style, and for younger readers it might be pretty hard to understand.

I also liked how K.M added also guns into the book and not only swords, and the skycar was an interesting aspect as well. I was really impressed by the Cherazii language the author created.

The first battle felt too easy though, like Chris one the it for them. The book was a little confusing at times.2po0

Other notes:

The book is kinda like Narnia, or Hobbit or Lord of The Rings. It has a good amount of romance, action, adventure and mystery all sewn into one book; and enough christian values written by a christian author to satisfy the christian reader. πŸ™‚

Chris is too busy switching from world to world. He sleeps in Chicago, he lives another life in Lael. He sleeps in Lael, he lives another life in Chicago. Which, I can imagine would be very tiring for him. As I read on though, the author cleared that out, making it known that both she and Chris were already aware of that. But I was thinking, he would be way to tired to be able to fight. Does he ever get any sleep?

There was another part that was a little unrealistic (unless I’m mistaken because of lack of setting description), where Allara is in the middle of a battle thinking; standing/sitting on her horse there and watching the Gifted. What is unrealistic about this, is that she is in the middle of a battle and she’s just there, having only shot one man. She is the Princess of Lael, and she isn’t dead. I know she has a bodyguard with her, but it’s still a little unusual.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone, preferably ages 13+. It’s good for all ages, although younger children should probably have parental guidance.

Looking forward to reading more of Weiland’s books!

Overall, this was fantastic book, sometimes slow paced, but a very good (and long) read.

Currently, this book is FREE on Amazon, so go ahead and get it before it’s too late!

Guys. I just realized there is going to be a sequel to this book! I saw it and I was like, “YAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! YEEEEESSSSSS!” But, it’s in 2021. I shall be old and gray by then. 😦 But, I, loyally, shall await the day this book is to come…. πŸ˜›

UPDATE: Oh my goodness I’m so sorry guys! I just gave you a spoiler!!! *goes to delete what I just said about the sequel*

About The Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso.

She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic.

Her fiction includes the historical/dieselpunk adventure Storming, the portal fantasy Dreamlander, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the western A Man Called Outlaw.

When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog She makes her home in western Nebraska.

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Photo Dump {Of flowers and such}

I finally figured out how to change the file names of my pictures from RW2 to JPG! πŸ™‚ So more pictures coming up! A lot of them aren’t very good though. :/

It’s almost Spring!!

In our backyard. UPDATE: Sorry, this is the front yard! πŸ˜‰
We can smell these flowers from the other side of the yard! They smell so good.


The ornamental pear trees in the front.
In our front yard.




This would be so pretty if it weren’t blurry. :/
Spiky things in the front yard.



Daffodils in the backyard.


Working on the neighbors’ house.
Bird feeder bokeh.
Parrots usually perch there.
The bird feeder close-up.
Pretty little flowers. Does anybody know what these are? I’m just going to call them Bell Flowers. Sorry for the blur!
More Bell Flowers.
Garden shovel.



Mandarine tree and morning sun.
Beyond the fence: a basketball hoop.
Neighbors’ daffodils on the way to the playground.


Old motorcycle zoomin’ down the road.
Afternoon sun peeking through the trees.
More sun through the leaves.
Hook through the fence.
Mom and brother walking through the orchard. We’re lucky to have these fruit trees! There are plum trees, apple trees and almonds.


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The Ardent Reader’s Book Frenzy Tag

The featured image wasn’t workin’ for me guys. What’s with it? It looks so messy! *runs around the room and screams about how un-perfect it is * Because I’m a perfectionist as you can tell. In some areas.

Honestly, I haven’t read that many books in my lifetime. I’ve just re-read the same amazing books over and over again. That’s one of the reasons I run The Ardent Reader; so I can find new books. But, unfortunately, a lot of the books I read are on Kindle, so I don’t have them in my bookshelf which is pitifully sad.

I wanted to do something other than book reviews, although book reviews are awesome, so I’m creating this lame tag with the long title.

The ARDENT Book Frenzy-1


  1. Answer the 15 questions.
  2. Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Include the featured image in your post.
  4. Provide a link to The Ardent Reader.
  5. Create 5 questions (or more or less) about reading for the next blogger to answer, as well as the questions in this post. (optional)
  6. Copy and paste these guidelines/rules in your post.
  7. Tag as many bloggers as you like.
  8. Have fun! πŸ™‚

Le questions|

1 – Favorite book you have read?

Well I have a lot of favorites, but I’ve loved the book Jotham’s Journey for a long time now. It’s an adventure book settled in Bible times just before Jesus was born, about a boy name Jotham. When his family thinks he is killed by a jackal, they move on without him and he sets out to find them.


2 – What is your favorite genre to read?

I like fantasy, like fairytale fantasy, but currently I’m reading Dreamlander by K.M Weiland which is a bit of a darker fantasy. And I love adventure as well. I also like every day life, like diaries and such. Occasionally I like a little mystery.

3 – What is your all time record for re-reading a book (how many times)? Which book is it?

I’m not sure. I remember this classic book called Little Meg’s children (thoroughly depressing, trust me. I cried every single time), and I used to read it all the time. I don’t know how many times, so I’m just gonna go with ten. πŸ˜‰

4 – When you’re feeling sad, what book makes you happy reading it?

Hmmm… any book really, unless I don’t feel like reading it. πŸ˜› A Year in The Life of a Total And Complete Genius is a good laugh.

5 – Do you pay attention to aesthetic covers? πŸ˜‰Β 

Sometimes, not since a little while ago, because the books we have in our house are all old books with covers that just have the title the author and a color and some fancy swirls.

6 – What fiction world would you go to in a book?

Ooh! I’d go to Narnia when there is no war. Because Narnia is awesome! Pitifully, I haven’t read the books. I’ve only watched the movies. how could I

7 – What do you look for in books (good dialogue, descriptive etc.)?

I like good dialogue and adventure, and I like reality in books. Like reality of the characters’ speech and such. I also like showing and not telling because as you can probably tell I’m a perfectionist in those areas; I will probably chop of a star in a review if things like those are a let down. XD

8 – If you were to be a book character, who would you be?

I think I’d like to be Elly in the book, Beyond The Horizon, because I want to marry Aron. πŸ˜‰ Or I’d be Susan or Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia.

9 – Top 5 – 10 favorite books?

This cover is so gorgeous

sorry for the bad quality

The Big Nate novels. This was the first Big Nate book I ever read and it is awesome!!

Hehe yes, I still like these books
And yes, these too. πŸ˜›

10 – Worst book you have ever read?

I don’t know. I don’t really read books I think I won’t like. πŸ˜› But I didn’t like Alone In London (classic) because the main character died. I was devastated.

11- Funniest book you’ve ever read?

Just Stupid (and his other books like these) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (illustrator) and A Year in The Life of a Total And Complete Genius. They are hilarious. πŸ˜€

12 – Sweetest book/s?

Beyond The Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton, maybe A Question of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton, Megsy’s Influence (classic), and maybe Befriending The Beast by Amanda Tero {Review}.

13 – What’s a book you thought you’d hate but ended up loving it?

Umm…wow. Nothing.

14 – Say you didn’t like the genre of mystery. What is a book you’ve read with a genre you didn’t like, but when you read it, it made you love that genre?

Well I wasn’t to keen for mystery, but I read Enid Blyton’s mystery books; The Secret Seven (which I didn’t like much), The Famous Five (the best in my opinion) and her others.

15 – What is a book you’re currently reading, and what do you think of it so far?

I’m reading Dreamlander, as you can see in my sidebar. It’s been amazing so far. I actually started reading it ages ago, but I stopped (I don’t why. This book is awesome!). It’s a darker fantasy then I’m used to, but it’s filled with adventure. The main character is Chris Redston. It’s sort of creepy though. πŸ˜›

All the questions:

1 – Favorite book you have read?

2 – What is your favorite genre to read in?

3 – What is your all time record for re-reading a book (how many times)? Which book is it?

4 – When you’re feeling sad, what book makes you happy reading it?

5 – Do you pay attention to aesthetic covers? πŸ˜‰Β 

6 – What fiction world would you go to in a book?

7 – What do you look for in books (good dialogue, descriptive etc.)?

8 – If you were to be a book character, who would you be?

9 – Top 5 favorite books?

10 – Worst book you have ever read?

11- Funniest book you’ve ever read?

12 – Sweetest book?

13 – What’s a book you thought you’d hate but ended up loving it?

14 – Say you didn’t like the genre of mystery. What is a book you’ve read with a genre you didn’t like, but when you read it, it made you love that genre?

Well I hoped you enjoyed that!

I will tag all of my followers, because if they’re following me, they probably like to read. Don’t stress about me getting mad if you don’t want to do this. πŸ˜‰ But if you want to, please give me the link below so I can check it out! :)) I also tag anybody else who would like to do this. πŸ™‚


BIBPC #5 {First Category} – Team Watermelon Rules All!!

Hi everyone!

I have exciting news! I have finally learned how to change the file name of my pictures from RW2, to JPG. Yay! Now I can download pics from my camera to here. πŸ™‚

Here is my entry for Megan’s BIBPC photography contest. Any Watermelons out there?

I don’t know why there are blue lines around the leaves. It may be from the lighting; I don’t know. I didn’t notice them until now. Sorry about that!

We get extra points if we do a story behind the picture, so here it is:

Before I took the picture, I was waiting for my Dad to come home with a watermelon in the grocery bags, but he couldn’t get one so I settled with this picture. πŸ˜‰ The morning I took this I was feeling a little sad because I missed our old land, so I decided to take some pictures and look at my world in a different view. This is the mandarine tree hanging over our neighbors’ fence.

I’ll post more pictures soon!

Due to me downloading to many pictures at a time my media files is sooooooo slow therefore no sign off.

Smile! Zielle

Befriending The Beast by Amanda Tero {Review}

Title: Befriending The Beast

Series (if applicable): Tales of Faith {Book One}

Era (if applicable): Medieval

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre: Fiction, Beauty And The Beast re-telling

Content: 0/5

Nothing at all. There is mention about sin, but why would I call that content; wait why did I even write that down…

Age-range: 12+

Overall rating: 4/5

Source: Amazon Kindle

Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn.

Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?


This book was simple, heartwarming and so beautiful. Befriending the Beast is a re-telling of Beauty And The Beast, but for those of you who don’t enjoy re-tellings, I promise you, this is very unique and not at all like the fairytale. It has a very powerful message about faith (hence the series title), and trusting God in every situation.

Characters 5/5

I felt so much with the characters. I felt Belle’s thoughts, her feelings, it was all put together very nicely. I really loved the part where Percy is giving advice to Belle; that was lovely. I didn’t like Anis at all. Her name reminded me of a Filipino word, ‘inis’, which means annoying. XD Whenever she would stop Belle and reprimand her about not entering a room like a Princess should, I would always think, “Hey Anis, you’re stalling the story! I don’t like you!” I’m not saying that Anis shouldn’t have been in this novella, I’m saying that Amanda so very well developed her characters, that I felt that. And I loved Keirstrider! Keir is a horse, by the way.

But I thought that Belle’s Father was a little incomplete. The first thing I thought when Belle had the accident and her immediately changed a little, I felt it was too sudden. But as I read on, that worked perfectly. I also felt that her Father was a little immature. It’s just me though. And I would have liked to see more scenes with him.

Plot 5/5

The plot was amazing. Amanda thought, ‘What if the Beast was Belle’s Father?’. That worked so well. The story kept a lot of things about Beauty And The Beast, but it was so unique. I personally like to read books with a lot of action, this book didn’t have much of that, but everything else fixed that.

The plot had a lot of turns that surprised me and made the book a lot more interesting. The end was nicely resolved.

Writing 4/5

I felt like I was in the book when I read it. I felt all the emotions the characters felt. But I don’t seem to recall having any notes on what Belle looked like. That’s totally fine and it doesn’t really change anything, but I would’ve liked to see more of how the main character looked. I thought it was a bit boring at times, but that’s just the way I read books. πŸ˜‰ It was a bit dragging at the beginning, though.

About the medieval time era, the language the characters spoke in was perfect, even the way the author wrote depicted the medieval time. The author certainly did her research.

Other notes (overall)

I would definitely recommend this to anyone, but probably would best suit ages 12 and up. I loved the christian values and the powerful message in the book. I was a bit confused though; what was Belle’s sin? Leaving her Father? Was Belle’s Father angry that she left him? I think Belle left him because her Father was altogether ignoring her after his wife passed. I love the cover, I love the book, Amanda is very talented.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book, and I will most likely post a review to it here.

On the side note, I am accepting suggestions for books now. Please head over here to learn more. πŸ™‚

About The Author

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

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